Adoption 101: What You Need To Know About Adoption in Oklahoma
How much do you know about adoption in Oklahoma? Adoption helps all involved with the process of adoption, including birth moms, babies, and their adoptive families. As a birth mother, you are also able to choose the adoptive family and the adoption agreement. You are guaranteed services from your adoption agency as well. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is ready to help you through this important process.
How Adoption Helps Birth Mothers
Adoption helps birth mothers to continue their lifestyles in a manner to which they wish to and prefer. As a birth mother, you may not be ready or want to raise a child at this time or at any time in the future. You may want to focus on your education or career instead. While continuing education or improving your career can be done while parenting and raising a child, it can be a lot more difficult with a child in tow. There’s nothing wrong with choosing adoption, so please know you have nothing to be ashamed of. Adoption is just as helpful for your child as it can be for you.
How Adoption Helps Babies
If your baby is placed up for adoption, they gain a loving, caring family. If you stay in their life through an open or semi-open adoption agreement, they also have a love of their birth parents. Having been chosen by a wonderful family, they have been assured the care and love they need by a family who has yearned for a child of their own.
How Adoption Helps Adoptive Families
Upon being chosen by a birth mother to raise a child, adoptive parents gain another puzzle piece to the creation of their family. Many families have trouble biologically adding a child to their family, which is why they turn to adoption to seek out a child. So much joy can be added to people’s lives when a child is added to their family.
Choosing Adoptive Families
Adoptive families can be chosen by birth mothers when their adoption agency in OK caseworker presents adoptive family profiles to choose from. Adoptive families can also be found online through online ads they place themselves in hopes of being seen by birth mothers seeking adoptive parents for their baby. Regardless of how adoptive families are found, they are all placed through home studies.
Home studies help figure out who is able to care for and parent your child. Home studies include criminal background checks and financial background checks, as well as many interviews. This can also be helpful in weeding out families in the selection process for birth mothers.
There are many things that can go into choosing your child’s adoptive family. You may have a preference on the beliefs of the home your child is raised in. You may have a preference for the religious or spiritual background of your child and their family. You may want certain traditions to be passed on to your child and want a family who will help do that. You may even want to be in your child’s life in the future.
An adoption agreement is how you and your child’s adoptive parents decide on how much future contact you have with them and your child. As a birth mother, you have the right to decide how often you wish to see your child in the future, if at all. You can choose to have visits and phone calls with an open adoption agreement. If you only wish to get updates once in a while, choose a semi-open adoption agreement. If you wish to have no contact in the future, choose a closed adoption agreement. There is no shame in choosing what you want, whether that be raising a child or giving them a life without you in it.
Adoption Agency Services
Your Oklahoma adoption agency also offers many different adoption services, such as counseling, housing, transportation to doctor’s appointments, as well as medical and financial aid. Counseling is a very important and necessary service your caseworker can help you with or help refer you to a professional therapist. Your caseworker can also help you gain housing and transportation to doctor’s appointments if you are unable to find either of those things yourself. If you are in need of medical or financial assistance, your caseworker can help to arrange this as well by setting up a trust for money to be withdrawn from when necessary. The money placed in the trust can come from your child’s adoptive family.
Oklahoma Adoption Process
There is a lot to know about the Oklahoma adoption process, but Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is ready to help you through it all. We are by your side while deciding who should raise your child, the amount of future contact you wish to have, and the services you wish to use from your adoption agency in Tulsa. We are ready to guide you through even the most minute details, so call us as soon as you can if you want us on your side.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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Meet the author: Carly is a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a dual degree in Psychology and Italian Studies. Graduating Cum Laude with honors in both Psychology and Italian departments, Carly has a background in gender-related research through the Connecticut College Psychology Department and Honors Theses Program. When not trying to figure out life or working, Carly is reading historical fiction novels or playing with her black cat, Isabelle.